Join Gypsy Fever Collective for a pre-launch of their new album: 'A Land That Once Was'. For this special event they'll be joined on stage by the amazing 60-piece Colliers Wood Chorus who will preform with the band in the first set. Together they will re-visit some delightfully archaic folk and gypsy tunes from former Yugoslavia, giving them a new life by integrating the musical influences of other traditions - which they came across during their life in the UK. In the second set they will ignite the dance floor - taking you on an exquisite musical journey that will stir nomadic souls and gets everyone’s feet dancing.
Please buy your tickets early and come to celebrate with us.
For more info visit website: www.gypsyfever.co.uk
Gypsy Fever Collective:
Katarina Gadjanski: vocals, harmonium
Lorien Secanska: vocals
Alex Paton: mandolin, whistles, trumpet
Richard Collins: classical guitar
Howard Dann: percussion & bassoon
Domenico Angarano: bass
Katarina Gadjanski, the founding member of Gypsy Fever Collective, grew up in a small village in Vojvodina (ex-Yugoslavia), an area which has been swaying to the heterophonic heat of the local Gypsy-Folk musicians for generations. There, as the old saying goes, music is used to ‘beat sorrow into celebration’. With this music in her blood, Katarina arrived in London where she found musical comrades from the UK, Slovakia and Italy and so began the twisting into existence of Gypsy Fever.
Heartbroken by the fragmentation of Yugoslavia, Katarina longed to once again reunite the disjointed regions of the country and heal the wounds of her homeland through the soulfulness of its traditional music. She embarked upon a mesmerising journey, re-discovering beautifully archaic folk tunes of Yugoslavia - and the new Gypsy Fever project was born as a result. Although born in peoples' sorrow, the celebratory nature of the traditional folk and gypsy music of Yugoslavia defies the difficult and marginal existence of the war-torn country, a country that now exists only in its soulful traditional music. Along with Katarina’s Indian harmonium, many instruments Gypsy Fever Collective play are not indigenous to former Yugoslavia. The idea was to introduce traditional instruments of other cultures, which she came across during the 20 years of her life in the UK, and give these tunes a new life and more contemporary sound.
Colliers Wood Chorus
Formed in 2006 Colliers Wood Chorus is a 65-strong community choir which sings all types of music from classical to pop. Performances range from sing-songs in the pub to appearances in front of several hundred at the South Bank Centre and all varieties of venues in between. Under the musical direction of Christopher Killerby, who has a particular fondness for music from this part of the world, they relish the chance to share this concert with the band.